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Best PC Cases

It’s important to keep those core components nice and cool with effective airflow to ensure that they perform at their best at all times – no one wants high idle temps because you’ve built in a cramped space. 

On that note, there are a few things to consider when buying your next PC case, most notably, the size. There are four main variants of PC cases that correspond to different motherboard sizes for a form factor that suits your use best: SFF, Mini-Tower, Mid Tower, and Full Tower – with the latter two options being the most popular for the majority of PC gamers. 

Corsair iCue 5000X
The best PC case

SPECIFICATIONS
Form factor: Mid-tower – Dimensions: 520mm x 245mm x 520mm (L x W x H; 20.47 x 9.65 x 20.47 inches) – Mobo compatibility: Mini-ITX, Micro-ATX, ATXPSU support: Bottom mountI/O: Power button, reset button, USB 3.1 Type C, USB 3.0 USB-A, 1x Headphone port

REASONS TO BUY
+ Elegant, tempered front and side panels
+ Excellent cable management

REASONS TO AVOID
– Runs slightly hotter than similar-sized cases

Because the world of the best gaming PCs would be nothing if it weren’t for decadent PC cases, Corsair has followed up its excellent iCue 4000X from late 2020 with the amazing iCue 5000X. Just like its predecessor, the Corsair iCue 5000X is filled to the nines with RGB lighting and tempered glass. It’s got four tempered glass panels, so you can show off your PC build in all its glory, and it’s one of the most modular cases we’ve seen from a mainstream manufacturer, so it’s incredibly easy to build in.

Fractal Design Meshify-C
The best mid-tower PC case

SPECIFICATIONS
Form factor: Mid-tower – Dimensions: 395 x 212 x 440mm (L x W x H; 15.6 x 8.3 x 17.3) – PSU support: ATXI/O: 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x HD audio in/out, power button, reset button – Includes: 2 x Dynamic X2 GP-12

REASONS TO BUY
+ Freshly designed in multiple ways
+ Reasonable price

REASONS TO AVOID
– USB 3.0 cable is too short Front
– PSU dust filter is hard to remove

It is extremely rare to see any PC case that even vaguely resembles the Fractal Design Meshify-C. Given that the front of the case is entirely made of a mesh material sectioned off into an array of polygonal shapes, the Meshify-C has a unique style – without compromising on function. With two fans pre-installed, cooling is (forgive us) a breeze, even if the Meshify-C is held back by a number of obstacles.

Nanoxia Deep Silence 4
The best Micro ATX PC case

SPECIFICATIONS
Form factor: Small form factor – Dimensions: 380 x 200 x 480mm (W x H x D; 15 x 7.9 x 18.9 inches) – PSU support: ATXI/O: 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, HD audio in/out, power button, reset button, two-channel fan control – Includes: 2 x 120mm fans, 2 x modular HDD cages for up to five hard drives

REASONS TO BUY
+ Low-noise
+ Onboard dual-zone fan controls

As its name suggests, the Nanoxia Deep Silence 4 has the sole purpose of being quiet as a mouse. This silence-focused case is a well-balanced Micro ATX chassis that’s affordably priced, without sacrificing room for expansion. That’s right you can fit even the biggest, most powerful graphics cards in the Nanoxia Deep Silence 4. The fact that you will never hear it go above 30 decibels is just icing on the very taciturn cake.

NZXT H200i
The best Mini-ITX case

SPECIFICATIONS
Form factor: Small form factorDimensions: 210 x 349 x 372mm (8.3 x 13.7 x 14.6)Mobo compatibility: Mini-ITXPSU support: ATXI/O: 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 1 x audio/mic, 3 x fan channels with max 10W per channel output, 1 x RGB LED port support up to 4 x HUE + LED strips or 5 x Aer RGB fansIncludes: 1 x Aer F120 Case Version top fan, 1 x Aer F120 Case Version rear fan

REASONS TO BUY
+Built-in Smart Device RGB control
+Adaptive noise reduction

REASONS TO AVOID
– Slightly pricey

Every single day mini-ITX gets more popular, and closer to toppling Micro ATX. And, it makes sense – why not spring for a small computer that can get just as much work done as a full tower? NZXT’s new H-series case line manages to integrate a ton of the same features as its Micro ATX and mid-tower equivalents, with mesmerizing, built-in, and smart device-controlled RGB lighting and an adaptive noise sensor that sees improvement only by way of the Grid+ V3 fan controller.

Phanteks Evolv Shift X
The best home theater PC case

SPECIFICATIONS
Form factor: Small form factorDimensions: 170 x 650 x 274mm (W x H x D; 6.7 x 26.1 x 10.8 inches) – Mobo compatibility: Mini-ITX – PSU support: SFX, SFX-L, ATX (160mm max) – I/O: 2 x USB 3.0, power button, RGB button – Includes: 2 x 140mm fan, 1 x power supply cover, 1 x pump bracket, 2 x SSD bracket, 1 x PCIe x16 Riser cable, 1 x 8-pin CPU extension cable

REASONS TO BUY
+ Plenty of room for beefy components
+ One-of-a-kind aesthetic

When you first look at the Phanteks Evolv Shift X, it looks more like a soundbar than one of the best PC cases, but this helps it vanish into any living area or studio setup. It’s flexible to the point that it looks natural placed under a TV as it does on a desk, next to one of the best gaming monitors. It may only be compatible with a Mini-ITX motherboard, but the Phanteks Evolv Shift X offers tons of space for components and liquid cooling loops. If this case is a little large for your preference, you can get the smaller Phanteks Evolv Shift for easier management.

Fractal Design Define R5
The best silent PC case

SPECIFICATIONS
Form factor: Mid-tower – Dimensions: 232 x 451 x 521mm (W x H x D; 232 x 451 x 521 inches) – PSU support: ATXI/O: 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, audio in/out, power button with LED, HDD activity LED, reset button – Includes: 2 x Fractal Design Dynamic GP14 140mm fans, velcro straps

REASONS TO BUY
+ User-friendly (and handsome) design

+ Affordable price

REASONS TO AVOID

– Definitely not tool-less

Fractal Design wins again with the Define R5, yet another mid-tower case with a gorgeous aesthetic. The metallic and blue LED-lit face of this case is simple, yet elegant, and is accompanied by noise dampening materials throughout its interior. In spite of the detachable ModuVent panels and drive trays not being tonelessly accessible, it’s incredibly easy to build a system inside of the Fractal Design Define R5, plus it’s not as expensive as you’d expect from a PC case with such a pretentious name, either.

Cooler Master H500P Mesh
The best high airflow case

SPECIFICATIONS
Form factor: Full-towerDimensions: 544 x 242 x 542mm (L x W x H; 21.4 x 9.5 x 21.3 inches)Mobo compatibility: Mini-ITX, Micro ATX, ATX, E-ATX (12 x 10.7 inches)PSU support: Bottom mount, ATX PS2I/O: USB 3.0 x2, USB 2.0 x2, Audio in & out (supports HD audio)Includes: 2x 200 x 25mm RGB fan, 1x 140 x 25mm fan

REASONS TO BUY
+ Great airflow
+ Gorgeous RGB lighting

REASONS TO AVOID
– Not as big as other full towers

Cooler Master is kind of known for, well, cooling things – and the Cooler Master H500P Mesh is evidence of how it got there. This beautiful RGB-packed case has plenty of room for airflow, even accommodating up to 360mm radiators on the top and front for when you really want to take your cooling to the next level. Add on top of that the RGB lighting and tempered glass side panel and you have the potential to build something beautiful with this case. Go for it.

Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-04 Tempered Glass
The best budget PC case

SPECIFICATIONS
Form factor: Mid-tower – Dimensions: 492 x 201 x 433mm (L x W x H; 19.4 x 7.9 x 17 inches) – PSU support: ATXI/O: 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x headphone port, 1 x microphone port, power on button, reset button – Includes: 1 x 120mm LED front fan

REASONS TO BUY

+ Attractive price

+ Very aesthetic

REASONS TO AVOID

– Only includes 1 case fan

If you’re looking to save a few bucks, while still getting one of the best PC cases, look no further than the Corsair Carbide Series SPEC-04 Tempered Glass. Not only does it have plenty of space for airflow, it also has a deceptively large amount of space for future expansion, meaning that even at this low price point, but you also won’t have to worry about fitting a full-sized graphics card. And, when you’re done building, the tempered glass side panel will allow you to show off your handiwork.

Antec Cube
The best PC cube case

SPECIFICATIONS
Form factor: Small form factor – Dimensions: 365 x 250 x 460mm (H x W x D; 14.4 x 9.8 x 18.1 inches) – PSU support: ATXI/O: 2 x USB 3.0, I/O button, audio in/out – Includes: 1 x 120mm rear exhaust fan mount

REASONS TO BUY
+ Ample space for power and cooling
+ Integrated fan controller

REASONS TO AVOID
– Wildly expensive
– Less than satisfactory performance

The Antec Cube is without a doubt the best PC case for you Razer fans out there. While Razer hasn’t made its own desktop PC (not yet, anyway), you can build a Mini-ITX gaming PC, pretending it’s a razer product. You see, Antec partnered with Razer to bring its signature green-infused flare to the Cube, a small form-factor chassis. Complete with a deceptively high amount of space for future expansion, the Antec Cube is also compact enough to travel with.

Phanteks Evolv X
The best dual-system PC case

SPECIFICATIONS
Form factor: Mid-tower – Dimensions: 240 x 520 x 510mm (W x H x D; 9.45 x 20.5 x 20.1 inches) – PSU support: E-ATXI/O: 1 x Thunderbolt 3, 1 x Mic, 1 x Headphone, 1 x Reset button, RGB mode button, RGB color button – Includes: 3 x Premium 140mm fans

REASONS TO BUY
+ Attractive
+ Plenty of space

REASONS TO AVOID
– Expensive

Who says dual-system builds have to be in a hulking full-tower case? The Phanteks Evolv X takes dual-system compatibility and squeezes it into a mid-tower. Even with that second Mini-ITX motherboard installed, there’s plenty of room for E-ATX motherboards and power supplies and ample cooling. It is pricey for a mid-tower case, but with all this functionality, it kind of has to be. It’s thanks to all of these high-end features that the Phanteks Evolv X is one of the best PC cases around today.

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